BALTIC presents a David Shrigley exhibition injected with his typical dead-pan humour and intuitive wit. Shrigley's nonsensical and anarchic voice is ever present in work that he describes as in a sense âabout everything and nothing'.
David Shrigley is perhaps best known for his intuitive drawings that are typically dead-pan in their humour. His cartoon-like sketches are deliberately dysfunctional and deal with everyday doubts and fears of the human condition. Throughout the work a nonsensical and anarchic voice is ever present. With hand-written, unedited texts or assigned titles altering the perspective, the results range from poignant to absurd.
In sculpture, Shrigley plays with the physical form creating curious and eccentric propositions by transforming everyday objects or playing with scale. The exhibition at BALTIC will include new sculptural works which continue this theme. Recent works have included stuffed animals and doors, as well as tents and sleeping bags filled with expanding foam that grows uncontrollably, allowing the artist little influence over the final form.
In addition to an extensive international exhibition profile, Shrigley's work has become widely known through appearances in newspapers, including since 2005, a weekly contribution to The Guardian. His animation has also gained a broad appeal through commissions such as âWho I Am And What I Want' for Channel 4 and a promotional video for Brit pop band Blur's âGood Song'.
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